If you feel like you’re under constant stress, then you may be suffering from anxiety. Anxiety is a bit different from stress in that its causes aren’t always concrete. With stress, you are worrying about a particular stressor (such as a presentation at school or your work performance review). With anxiety, however, the stressors aren’t always obvious. You may be worried about one thing, but you could also be worried about everything all at once. Your mind will wind its way down paths of worry, fear, and doubt which will only increase the anxious feelings.
If you suffer from an anxiety disorder or just prolonged bouts of unexplained worry, then you may have looked for help in a variety of places. Even so, there are numerous natural anxiety remedies you can use to calm the storm in your mind.
Exercise is one of the oldest tricks in the book for treating anxiety. It helps in the short term by promoting the production of endorphins and it also helps in the long term by increasing self-confidence and overall health. Even if you don’t have any medications (whether standard or alternative), you still have your body. Just try a few jumping jacks or even go on a walk. Any physical exertion can help keep your mind of the anxiety that’s plaguing you.
Chamomile is such a powerful anxiolytic that many insomnia sufferers use it to fall asleep. It is known for its ability to stop those racing thoughts inside your head and produce a unique calmness and mindfulness. Most people take chamomile in tea form.
Studies have shown that the simple aroma of lavender can be calming. Indeed, one study showed that patients sitting in the waiting room of a dentist’s office were less anxious when the scent of lavender oil was in the air. If you’re feeling anxious, try out lavender in your aromatherapy concoction.
Valerian is a sedative herb, similar to chamomile but significantly more powerful. Sometimes the best cure for anxiety is a good night’s rest. Valerian can provide that to you. It tastes kind of funky in its natural state, which is why most people avoid Valerian tinctures and teas. Instead, they opt for capsules. Either way, be sure to only take Valerian if you don’t have anything to do as it can put you into a deep slumber.
- Green Tea
Green tea itself isn’t an anxiolytic, but its chemical compounds certainly are. One amino acid found in green tea, l-theanine, is responsible for a reduction in heart rates and an increase in mental acuity. Buddhist monks used to drink green tea to help them meditate for hours.
Speaking of meditation, it’s also a good, natural treatment for anxiety. There are many forms of meditation, but many of them require becoming mindful of your surroundings. Try using meditation in conjunction with any of the herbs above. It can certainly prove to be a unique and calming experience.
- Lemon Balm
This herb has been in use since the Middle Ages, and studies have shown its effectiveness at treating anxiety. It is often combined with other herbs like chamomile, Valerian, and even hops to produce a calming and almost sedative effect.